Trump, 74, endorsed Tuberville in March and has openly criticized Sessions, his former appointee.
"He's not mentally qualified to be attorney general," Trump said of Sessions, 73, during a recent interview on Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson. "He was the biggest problem. I mean, look, Jeff Sessions put people in place that were a disaster."
Leading up to Trump's remarks, he and Sessions had traded tweets back-and-forth over Sessions' role in the investigations surrounding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump ousted Sessions in November 2018 and his ire traces back to Sessions' decision to recuse himself from Robert Mueller's probe.
Trump tweeted in May that Sessions had "let our Country down" and claimed his former handpicked attorney general "ran for the hills" by recusing himself from the investigation. Sessions fired back, telling Trump it was "required by law."
"I did my duty & you're damn fortunate I did," Sessions tweeted at the president on May 22. "It protected the rule of law & resulted in your exoneration."
Despite their public arguments, Sessions has continued to align himself with Trump and his policies, seemingly complimenting the president in the Times this week, saying he's a "doer" that has stood up for Christians in the U.S.
"[Christians in the U.S.] felt they were under attack, and the strong guy promised to defend them," Sessions said. "And he has.”
The Trump campaign has called Sessions' continued attempts to ingratiate himself with Trump "delusional."
The Times reported that Sessions sent out campaign mailers to Alabama voters earlier this year which referenced Trump 22 times.
“We only assume your campaign is doing this to confuse President Trump’s loyal supporters in Alabama into believing the president supports your candidacy in the upcoming primary runoff election," the Trump campaign wrote to Sessions in a letter, according to the Times. "Nothing could be further from the truth.”
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